9 Ways To Prevent Hair and Scalp Damage During Winter
Winter is a magical season full of holiday cheer, chilly days spent cuddled up by the fireplace, and extra time spent with family and friends. But as the temperatures drop, the frigid weather can do a number on your skin, scalp, and hair. Along with the cold temperatures and freezing winds outdoors, cranking up the heater indoors to keep your house warm and cozy creates a dry, stale atmosphere that dries out your skin, leading to redness, flaking, irritations, and other uncomfortable symptoms. As a result, your hair and scalp become more prone to damage, breakage, and flaking, making your hair look dull and lifeless — and who has time for that during the holiday season?
The beauty experts at Pro|Gen Labs have some winter hair and scalp tips they’d like to share with you in today’s post. Following these tips and tricks can help you prevent winter hair and scalp damage so that you can look and feel your best throughout the holidays. Want to find hair treatment products that are designed to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy and strong? Shop the Pro|Gen Active Care Collection to find the right formula for your hair and scalp. In the meantime, read our tips to protect your hair and scalp from damage this winter.
Nine Ways to Prevent Winter Damage To Your Hair and Scalp
1 - Use A Moisturizing Hair Serum
Dry air and cold gusts of wind can damage any type of hair. Using a powerful moisturizing hair serum can wrap your hair in a protective barrier to combat dryness and breakage. Pro|Gen Comfort Serum is formulated with plant extracts to protect, soothe, and purify your scalp, as well as each strand of hair. Lock moisture into your hair by using a serum treatment at least one to three times weekly. For deeper penetrating hydration, try an overnight serum or conditioning treatment using coconut oil or almond oil.
2 - Shampoo Less Frequently
Shampoo is designed to cleanse the hair and scalp of dirt, oil, grime, and product buildup. However, shampooing your hair every day can dry out your hair and scalp, leaving it susceptible to damage and breakage, especially if you use heat styling tools daily. Shampooing less often year-round is recommended by hair care specialists and stylists, but this is even more important during the colder months. Cold air dries out the skin and hair, and running your heater nonstop only creates an even dryer atmosphere that can cause damage. Shampoo every two to three days to avoid breakage.
3 - Use More Dry Shampoo and Dry Conditioner
That being said, using dry shampoo and dry conditioner can reduce the appearance of an oily scalp. On the days you do not shampoo your hair, rely instead on a dry shampoo. What’s more, using a dry conditioner helps hydrate your hair and scalp on the days you skip the cleansing. Always keep a high-quality dry shampoo and dry conditioner handy during winter.
4 - Limit Use of Heated Styling Tools
Blow dryers, curling irons, straighteners, and crimpers can make your hair look fuller, smoother, and stylish, yet the high heat settings can really damage your hair — especially during winter. Cut down on using heated styling tools whenever you can. This might mean foregoing the straight hair and, instead, rocking your natural curls a few days a week. If you know you’ll be at home for a while after washing your hair, lightly blow dry your hair using the cool setting and let it air dry the rest of the way. Limiting your use of heated styling tools gives your hair a chance to recover, which can help it look and feel healthier.
5 - Apply Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatments
Make weekly deep conditioning treatments a part of your hair care regimen. Doing so can help keep your hair and scalp hydrated, nourished, and at less risk of breakage. Winter air — both indoors and outdoors — sucks the moisture right out of your hair and skin. Therefore, replenishing that moisture with 30-minute deep conditioning treatments, at least once a week, allows moisture to penetrate into your scalp, the hair follicle, and the shaft of each hair strand.
6 - Skip The Damaging Hair Color
Wintertime is a great time to rock your natural hair color, but if you really want to add some color to your hair, skip the platinum blonde, violets, and other light colors. Opt instead for darker hair color, which is less damaging to your hair.
7 - Fight Static With Leave-In Conditioner
Static is a wintertime issue that can turn an awesome hair day into one of frustration and embarrassment. Running the heater in your home contributes to static, which almost always affects hair. Applying a leave-in conditioner after washing, or even applying a light layer to dry hair, can help fight that obnoxious static cling that makes your hair stand on its end.
8 - Limit Alcohol Consumption
In a recent blog post, “How Alcohol Affects Your Hair,” we shared with you some of the damaging effects of alcohol on your hair and scalp. While many people like to enjoy an adult beverage now and then, overdoing it during the holidays can take a toll on the health of your hair. Alcohol has dehydrating properties that can deplete your hair and scalp of the moisture it needs to look and feel healthy. Additionally, excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to hair loss.
If you plan to indulge in alcoholic beverages over the holidays, makes sure to drink plenty of water, consider increasing your zinc intake, and eat plenty of raw foods like veggies and fruits rich in antioxidants. Additionally, eating foods that are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, like almonds, walnuts, almond butter, wild fish, eggs, spinach, brussels sprouts, and chia seeds can nourish and hydrate your skin and hair.
9 - Shop the Pro|Gen Active Care Line
Following these tips can help prevent damage to your hair and scalp during winter, which can help your hair look healthy and strong while feeling soft and luxurious. Another way to prevent wintertime damage to your hair and scalp is by using hair treatment products formulated to enrich your hair with nutrients and moisture. All Pro|Gen Active Care products combine effective ingredients to prevent scalp and hair issues while renewing them. Find the perfect formula for your hair and scalp at Pro|Gen Active Care. Feel free to contact the hair care specialists at Pro|Gen Labs with questions, or to find a salon that uses our products near you.
From the Pro|Gen Labs team, we wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful start to the new year!